LEGAL BACKGROUND

About Kevin Michael Burke, JD TEP PgDip

In the USA, before beginning a law degree, it is necessary to first obtain a four year non-legal degree. I chose to get a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, which I received in 1989. I then took the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and then applied to law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Three years later in 1992, I received my diploma from Cleveland Marshall and then took and passed the three day Ohio Bar Exam to become an attorney in the state of Ohio.  After two years practicing in Ohio, I followed my parents and siblings who had decided to move to warmer south to Cape Coral in Lee County, Florida while I was in law school. I then took and passed the Florida Bar exam in 1994.  In 1995, I was admitted as a member of the federal Middle District Court allowing me to appear in federal court matters.  

In 1999, I moved to the United Kingdom after passing the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test ("QLTT") which is now referred to as the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme ("QLTS").  I was listed on the roll of solicitors in England & Wales and joined the Law Society. After this, I was employed as a solicitor when I joined Bennetts Solicitors (which soon after became Bennetts Solicitors, Attorneys, & Notaries).

In 2004, I returned to Florida to take the necessary course and exams to become a Florida civil law notary (also known as a "Florida international notary") which allowed me to notarise documents in my capacity as a Florida International notary.  In 2006, I began Cambridge University's two-year course required to become a UK notary public and to then be able to notarise documents for nations around the world. In 2008, I was appointed as an English notary public. In 2009, I was made a partner at Bennetts.

I decided to set up my own law practice in 2010. In 2011, I became a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners.  In 2013, I was awarded the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation.